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 Ananda Burra Bio

Ananda V. Burra, JD '14, graduated from Williams College, with a bachelor's degree in history and international studies. He also holds a master's degree in history from the University of Michigan and is in the process of completing a PhD in the history of international law at U-M. His dissertation, "Petitioning the Mandates": Anticolonial and Antiracist Publics in International Law," tracks the development of public international law from the 1920s to the 1960s, focusing on the transition from the League of Nations to the United Nations. As contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review, Burra drafted a note examining how administrative regulations drafted by international organizations can create individual rights under international law. His work has been presented at a number of international legal history conferences, and he holds an administrative position with the American Society for Legal History.

Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Burra worked in international public policy, human rights, journalism, and teaching. A citizen of India, he has held positions in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. At Michigan Law, Burra served as a research assistant to Prof. Mathias Reimann and participated in pro bono projects with the Public International Law and Policy Group. He spent one summer at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a global law firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked on international regulatory law and domestic complex litigation matters. He also has worked at Human Rights First's Refugee Protection Program in Washington, D.C., helping asylum seekers in the United States file claims with U.S. immigration authorities. Burra completed the Michigan pro bono pledge and will do research in international human rights at Cambridge University.